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Example of a Career Upgrade

 

So how might a client of Jane’s go about exploring the possibility of upgrading their career?

We are going to take a rather generic example and trace some of the steps involved. Please bear in mind that what follows is a somewhat simplified and abstract account of what you yourself are likely to be doing soon.

 

Meet Sally. She’s a young professional who has come to me for career change coaching.

The first thing Sally needs is a basic road-map of the territory ahead. This always makes things a lot less scary and random-seeming:

 

 

The first phase of Sally’s coaching involves a series of thorough self-assessment exercises:

 

 

Having

a)
gained a robust sense of what makes her tick
b)
identified the various strengths, talents and interests which she promises to bring to any new role,

Sally takes a first exploratory look at future options.

She is careful NOT to just plump for one ‘obvious’ solution to her current career dissatisfaction. Mindful of just how momentous these explorations may well turn out to be in terms of their impact on her life for the next decade and beyond, she is happy to brainstorm and give several different possibilities a fair hearing.

Accordingly, Sally looks at each of four GENERAL options in detail…

 

First up is the option of staying put and addressing some of the sources of her present discontent within the parameters of her current job:

 

 

Next, Sally wonders whether this might be a case of Wrong Job, Right Company/ Field:

 

 

Now Sally considers a bold move out of her current area altogether:

 

 

Finally Sally challenges her own initial assumption of One Person, One Job. Might not a portfolio approach free her up in so many ways?

 

 

After several WEEKS of intensive research and soul-searching, Sally has narrowed her options down to just one:

 

 

If Sally decides to go for this option, it will involve a certain amount of risk – something that Sally, whose Halter Ego mentality originally got her into an unhappy situation in the first place, has traditionally fought shy of. Indeed, Sally’s initial instinct was to go for the ‘Make The Best Of Current Job’ option. After much debate with herself, however, she has come to the recognition that this would represent a Halter Ego retreat from the kind of challenge and change she really needs.

So … it’s time for a final decision. Will Sally start taking steps out of her current job and into a new one? Will she go back to the drawing board? Or will she stay put, at least for the time being?

 

 

Pros
Cons
1.
A new challenge – life begins outside one’s comfort zone!
2.
Possibility of more work satisfaction – current job has been boring me for some time.
3.
I would bring some really impressive transferable skills into the related field I have in mind.
4.
I am hearing good things from Alan [an associate] about buoyancy in this sector.
5.
[etc]
6.
[etc]
7.
[etc]
1.
Still kind of a Halter Ego option? Maybe I need a more radical change in my working life.
2.
And yet – not Halter Ego enough? Real risk of finding new job at lower rate of pay to what I currently enjoy.
3.
Will my years in current field really stand to me if I try to break into the new field?
4.
There may be serious fallout with Sharon [boss] when I tell her I’m leaving – bridges burned, etc.
5.
[etc]
6.
[etc]
7.
[etc]

 

A lengthy period of reflection ensues – though not one so lengthy that Sally will become paralysed by indecision and allow momentum to wane.

She takes note of one key fact: her Cons list is predominantly fear-based. That is to say, it is feeding off the old Halter/Faulter Ego energies. Sally made a promise to herself at the outset that she would not allow her future to be dictated by these Disappointers any longer. At the same time, she does not feel prepared to make a radical switch of career paths.

So she decides that the ‘Route X’ option is the right one after all: New Job, New Role, Related Field.

This, she concludes, represents a fair compromise between her Halter Ego desire for security and her Vaulter Ego impatience for a fresh start.

Is she apprehensive? You bet! But she has done some really terrific work on herself since starting this process. This has included warning herself in advance not to let either her Halter Ego risk-aversiveness or her Faulter Ego pessimism sabotage her decision to GO FOR IT. She is determined, and shows great resolve in seeing her plan through from beginning to end.

 
 
 
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